What Do Physiotherapists Do?
They provide valuable health care for people throughout their lives – from birth to old age. Physiotherapists:
- diagnose & assess movement dysfunction
- alleviate pain
- speed the return to work of injured individuals
- help prevent & treat sports injuries
- restore mobility to people with neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injuries or Parkinson’s disease
- advise on ergonomics for homes & workplaces
- counsel on aspects of pre- and post-natal care
- work with hospital patients to prevent and treat respiratory complications of surgery
Physiotherapists Work With Clients to Achieve Goals By:
- restoring flexibility in joints
- prescribing, supervising & modifying exercises that strengthen muscles and increase endurance
- improving balance and coordination
- educating people in the use of canes, crutches & wheelchairs
- improving cardiopulmonary fitness levels
Physiotherapists are highly educated healthcare professionals who evaluate physical function, and work with people to help them restore and maintain their strength and mobility while relieving their pain.
Our physiotherapists have a detailed understanding of how the body works, and the impact environmental and lifestyle factors can have on your physical condition. SYMETRICS’ approach to treatment is based on the belief that the body is a network of interrelated parts and should not be viewed as individual parts functioning independent from each other. This philosophy has been very successful for those clients with recurrent or chronic injuries.
What Will Your Physiotherapist Do For You?
A physiotherapist will work with you and your healthcare team to provide a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs, and that focuses on achieving your highest level of physical well-being.
A Little About Physiotherapy Training:
More than 13,000 physiotherapists are licensed to practice in Canada. They are all university-trained in anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology, and are able to provide diagnoses and therapeutic intervention for all of the body’s systems.
For more on physiotherapy, visit a few of these popular websites:
- Physical Therapist Online – extensive and interactive site for individuals involved in the field of physical therapy/physiotherapy.
- Physical Therapy Education – general information about the field and accreditation, links to schools and related publications.
- Physical Therapy for Students – site for prospective physical therapy students. Offers general information about the physical therapy profession and links.
- RehabEdge Physical Therapy Forum – includes news, discussions, and networking for professionals.
- OPANET – Physiotherapy Resource Centre – with news, employment, conference, and product and service information.
- Orthopaedic Division – part of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
- Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMT) – manual and manipulative therapy interest group which supports and upholds orthopractic society guidelines.
- Concordia University – Department of Exercise Science – provides programs in athletic therapy, adapted physical activity, and sports administration.